April 25, 2021, Oklahoma City, OK — Molly Otto won her first-career Better Barrel Races World Finals championship with a scorching 15.208 inside the Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds riding the long-strided, smooth-turning 8-year-old gelding Sixappeal. The win paid $11,110.

Sixappeal pedigree

The Grand Forks, North Dakota-based barrel horse trainer says her goal for the short go of the BBR World Finals was to stay smooth.

“Going into it, I was kind of nervous—that type of pen is not really his setup,” Otto admitted. “He was kind of scared out there. I thought, OK, just go out there and go around the barrels. We don’t have to be fast; just go out there and have a controlled run. And he did exactly that. Slow is usually fast for him. My goal on him is just to have a smooth run. I usually don’t really kick him much in my run, just on the way home. Usually he runs pretty fast.”

Owned by Otto’s friend and longtime client Katie Lindahl, who also owns and bred Otto’s top futurity horse of 2020, Teasin Dat Guy, “Jimmy” has garnered several major wins under Otto’s guidance. Otto says he’s felt like a special athlete since the first time she rode him as a colt.

“He just wants to be good. He wants to be a good boy,” Otto said. “He can get scared out there, but he still tries. He’s just a special horse.”

Read more about Otto’s win in the June 2021 issue of Barrel Horse News.

BBR World Finals 1D Top Five

1- Molly Otto/Sixappeal/Grand Forks, ND/15.208/$11,110; 2- Amelia McCumber/Aint Seen Famous Yet/Atkinson, NE/15.299/$4,650; 3- Shannon Lillard/LZK Dashus Rockstar/Fargo, OK/15.308/$3,549; 4- Devin Young/Jettin To Docs Bar/Rosanky, TX/15.331/$3,060; 5- Jodee Miller/Overthemoonforaguy/Bellville, TX/15.341/$2,449

Find full results from the BBR World Finals here.

Sharin Hall and Hello Stella turning the second barrel
Trainer Sharin Hall swept the BBR World Finals Futurity on home-bred, -raised and -trained 2017 mare Hello Stella (The Goodbye Lane x Go Go Fame x Dash Ta Fame). They won the first round in 15.654 for $3,322, won the second round with a 15.593 for $3,322 and cinched up the winning average of 31.247, worth $4,429. Photo by Dusty Saddles Photography

BBR World Finals 2D Champion—Haley Nida and Classic Frosty Cat

Haley Nida of Alva, Oklahoma, took full advantage of first-timer’s luck in not only her first qualification to the BBR World Finals, but her first year to be a member of the association. She rode her 10-year-old gelding Classic Frosty Cat to a 15.709 to win the 2D championship for $9,258.

“He’s just Mr. Consistent. He always pulls through for me. He’s just been a dream,” Nida said. “My game plan was to ride hard, because I noticed in some of my other runs, I wasn’t riding as hard as I should. I just wanted to keep them up and just go for it. When they announced my name, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe this!'”

Haley Nida turning the second barrel on Classic Frosty Cat
Haley Nida won the BBR World Finals 2D for $9,258 with a 15.709 on Classic Frosty Cat (2011 gelding, Bug In My Frosty x Classic Ali Cat x Classic Sunday Punch). Photo by Dusty Saddles Photography

BBR World Finals 3D Champion—Jackie Ganter and Lone Star

National Finals Rodeo qualifier Jackie Ganter has taken a step back from hitting the rodeo trail full time in recent years, and while she still rodeos, she’s changed her focus to raising, training and promoting her NFR stallion Guys French Jet‘s offspring.

Ganter accomplished a special feat at the BBR World Finals, qualifying both “Jet” and one of his colts to the short go. Luck was on her side, and she took home the 3D championship aboard Lone Star, a 6-year-old gelded son of Jet, with a 16.208, worth $7,407. Jet also placed in the 2D with a 15.817.

“To run him and then run his baby too is just, honestly it makes my whole life,” Ganter said. “That’s all I live for now is to take Jet and his colts to barrel races and do good on them. I’ve never had a feeling like it. All the years that I’ve ran Jet and won so much on him, I loved it. He’s the probably the best horse I’ve ever owned and will ever own, and then all of his babies have so many characteristics of his that it’s like I just get to keep riding him.”

Jackie Ganter turning a barrel on Lone Star
Jackie Ganter won the BBR World Finals 3D aboard Lone Star (Guys French Jet x Runnin On Faith x Designer Red) with a 16.208, worth $7,407. Photo by Dusty Saddles Photography

BBR World Finals 4D Champion—Justice Phillips and This Tres Breezes

Henderson, Texas, barrel horse trainer Justice Phillips made the most out of ground trouble on This Tres Breezes, clocking a lucky 16.709 to win the 4D title for $5,555.

“He’s owned by some good clients of mine, Maggie and Lisa Stephens, and I’ve had him for about three years. I ran him on and off. Maggie, the daughter, also runs him, and so we just alternate back and forth,” Phillips explained. “He worked really good in the first go. We made it back in the Barn Six race with a 15.8 and then came over [to the Jim Norick Arena in the coliseum] and the ground over here just wasn’t really his style. He struggled with that but ended up getting us lucky. I couldn’t be more proud of him. He really tried to work.”

Justice Phillips running home on This Tres Breezes
Justice Phillips and 2010 gelding This Tres Breezes (Tres Seis x This Chicks Breezin x Chicks Beduino) took home the BBR World Finals 4D championship for $5,555, thanks to a 16.709. Photo by Dusty Saddles Photography

BBR World Finals 5D Champion-Cassie Ramirez and Maggie Mae

A horse that came into Cassie Ramirez’s life as a gift for her young daughter has now become an even more special member of the family. Maggie Mae is helping Ramirez accomplish her own goals inside the competition arena, and they now have their first win together under their belts thank to a 17.222 to win the BBR World Finals 5D, worth $3,703.

“About a year ago, I decided to start her on the barrels. This is like her 15th run? And I hadn’t ran barrels in 15 years,” Ramirez said. “I thought I’m gonna give it a try and try to make her into a really good barrel horse for my daughter one day. So the goal is to season her and hand her off one day and know that she can take care of my little baby. We worked so hard. I bought outfits in January, I bought a halter that I said I was going to take my winning photo in. I have been just manifesting this day for four months. And to see it all come true, I still can’t believe it. Speak it, believe it and work your butt off. Try every day.”

Cassie Ramirez standing with Maggie Mae horse and winner's check
Cassie Ramirez of Adkins, Texas, won the BBR World Finals 5D aboard Maggie Mae with a 17.222, worth $3,703. Photo by Dusty Saddles Photography


Blanche Schaefer is an avid barrel racer and managing editor of Barrel Horse News. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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  1. Congratulations to Cassie and Maggie! It shows with hard work you can LITERALLY be the best!! AWESOME!!

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